MOSCOW: Russia on Friday said it was withdrawing from the Open Sky Pact, which undermined the post-Cold War defense pact that allowed its signatories to fly unarmed surveillance flights over each other’s territories. May be allowed to run.
Citing a “lack of progress” in maintaining the agreement’s implementation following the US withdrawal last year, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was “withdrawing from the Russian Federation’s Open Sky Agreement.” Starting a home-based business. ” The agreement was signed shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992 and came into force in 2002.
It allowed about three dozen signatories to make short notice flights over each other’s territory to monitor possible military operations. Members include countries from all over Europe, the former Soviet Union and Canada.
Last year, Washington announced it would withdraw from the agreement after accusing Russia of violations, including blocking flights to certain locations and banning surveys of military exercises.
Russia’s foreign ministry said on Friday that the United States had used “fictitious excuses” for the withdrawal and had “disturbed the balance of interests of the participating states”. The ministry said Russia had made proposals to maintain the “implementation” of the agreement but had not received Washington’s support.